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In 2020, Sports Leaders will have six places for runners in the Virgin Money London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 26th April. In addition to achieving the huge personal goal of completing the marathon, runners will also be raising money for Sports Leaders, which helps us to continue working towards our own vision of every young person realising their potential.
This year’s edition of the race saw four runners taking part on behalf of Sports Leaders – you can read about their own journeys to go the distance and represent #TeamSportsLeaders here.
Running the marathon requires dedication and commitment to complete the training and the race itself, making it among the greatest challenges to take on. By building their self-belief, overcoming obstacles along the way and carefully managing their personal resources of strength and physicality, marathon runners demonstrate many of the key skills which make up our own Skills Framework for learners to develop during their leadership Qualifications and Awards.
If you’d like to run the London Marathon on behalf of Sports Leaders, simply complete this form – if you’re successfully selected as a runner, our minimum fundraising amount is £1,500 and we’ll ask you to pay a £100 non-refundable commitment.
Every year, thousands of runners take part in the marathon, with London being the most popular 26.2 mile event in the world. The 2019 edition of the race raised a record-breaking £63.7 million for charity, setting a new world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event.
In the next few weeks, runners looking to take part in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will know whether or not their entries to the ballot have been successful or not.
Last year, the event organisers received over 400,000 applications but with only 17,500 of the total 40,000 places available via the ballot, the chances of receiving a golden ticket are slim. Securing a place on behalf of a charity which resonates with you can be an extremely rewarding and motivating way of making your own journey to completing the distance.
Running the marathon in 2019 for Sports Leaders were Vicki, Hannah, Georgina and Abbie. During her training for the big day, Hannah, a teacher from Windsor, reflected on why the journey was so important to her. She said: “I’m lucky enough to see children flourish.
“Whether it’s the first time they’ve ran a warm up in their netball club, or the first time they lead an activity for Year 1 and 2 children at a multi skills event, they grow and develop, and they take pride in what they’ve achieved.
“Through the work that Sports Leaders do, we are allowing our young people to gain confidence and skills through their participation and leadership in sport and physical activity. We are providing an opportunity for all children to become grounded and thriving individuals, not through their academic abilities, or their sporting skills, but through their dedication and hard work to become a good leader.
“The children that I work with have been so supportive of my marathon training, because they know that my fundraising is going to directly support their development, and they are excited by the prospect of being able to continue engaging with sports leadership opportunities.”
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